Inspirations beyond art.

27 11 2011

“Find your voice”.

What the hell is that supposed to mean? Sometimes it takes a little bit.  Some of us more time than others.  I would just look at other artists and emulate what they did or made things I thought “looked cool”.  Within an academic setting I never thought or realized I was supposed to say something, but I was saying something.  Everything I did was a reaction to the world in direct contact with me, and that is still how I function.  The difference is I know I’m doing it now.

My wife: She sees the world incredibly differently from the way I view things.  She works incredibly hard and I admire her very much.  She is my inspiration to be a greater person than I am now so that I may make her proud.

My daughter:  Because of her I have made drastic changes in my behavior so that she has a proper example and role model. And I will do whatever it takes to maintain a home for her.

My job:  I have learned a great deal from the people there and as much as I respect the industry and people I hate it, and wish for a way out almost on a daily basis.  This is my inspiration to work as hard as possible to be my own boss.

My Well Being:  This stemmed from my daughter and took a life of its own.  For a long time I was very unhealthy, but now a stress a lot of importance on physical activity as well as proper nutrition.  I attempt to keep a strict schedule at the gym and I find that this helps me stay organized throughout all aspects of my life.

These are the biggest inspirations in my life now, but on top of this I’ve incorporated Buddhist philosophy into my everyday interactions.  I know this sounds cheesy, but I am of the firm belief that everyone that has ever touched my life is a part of the things I create and I transversely am apart of their lives as well.



Weekly Inspiration

27 11 2011

So I’ve been thinking a lot about how things go together.  No not metaphorically but very literally.  When a viewer of art can’t figure something out its like a magic trick, “holy crap how did he make that work”.  I kind of want the same effect in my found object work I want someone to stand back and say, “Wait, what was that?…  Oh there it is.”


These are brightwood furniture designed by Giancarlo Zema.  Zema is an architect from Rome and the furniture was designed to go in a space he created.  Now these things have taken a life of their own.  Combining resin and wood not only is the form beautiful but that sense of wonder happens when the lights turn off.


Material issues

14 11 2011

Asking me to tell you about the materials I love or hate is supremely hard for me.  I have been over-exposed to many materials as well as fabrication techniques.  With this exposure I’d like to think that I’ve gained some perspective, and realized that any material can have its proper application.  Ultimately its not the material that is the problem I am.  If I don’t understand how a certain material moves or works I need to re-align my thought process to control the medium in front of me.  I could tell you about some processes that are a pain in my ass challenging, but even then its the care I take in performing a process that makes it a success or not.

Hate (I guess):

Putting aluminum/brass/bronze through a table saw is awful.  It can be nerve wracking and painful if not done properly.

Styrofoam – This stuff is more utilitarian than anything else.  It can be used as a base for electro-forming, but even then if not very careful the metal will look like, well,…. Styrofoam.


Metal as a material will always be my first love I will never get away from it.

Recently I’ve been fascinated by wooden sculptural furniture.  I thought wood was useless for a long time so I stayed away from it now I see a whole new world of manipulation and finishes.



I see stuff like this and can’t help but think, “Well how the hell can I make that happen?!”

Weekly Inspiration

8 11 2011

triggers salvaged from pistols

Borris Bally is someone who’s art I have looked at for a long time.  And it took me a long time to get it.  His ability to take the mundane and weave narrative with it packed inside slick simple design is everything I could hope for in the work I strive to create now.  When I first saw his work I scoffed at the ease and use of found object. Now I can’t stop looking at it.  All this coupled with the fact that he uses shop technique that I have been learning and using for years and never thought could be used to my advantage. It kind of adds this little bit of hope knowing that I am capable of doing what someone very successful is doing.

I don’t wanna and you can’t make me.

2 11 2011

A brief list of things that will not should not happen this semester.

  • do not be intimidated by the future
  • do not get overwhelmed and “shut down”
  • do not stop looking for material to use, its everywhere
  • do not get hung up on minor details
  • do not hesitate time is of the essence

I would also include “spread yourself out too thin”, but its way too late for that one.  And also slightly off topic if I could never have to run bronze/brass/aluminum through a table saw ever again. Ever. That would be one of the best things I’ve ever heard.

Art as I know it.

25 10 2011

I’m not one to wonder aimlessly in and out of galleries.  So I couldn’t tell you whats “hot” right now.  I’ve always been very aware of pop culture. It is popular design aesthetic that dictates what people define as hot or cool.  I feel like fine art has fallen to the way side.  Always on the fringes and in the back of a designer’s mind.    The economic conditions and a harkening back to the “good ol’ days” make me think that up-cycling or re-finishing of objects is on the horizon.  People want to look like they care about the environment and will pay the necessary price to do so.  A shift in materials has already occurred and will continue to move in the direction of base metals and organics, on top of re-used and found object.  The price of metal is too damn high and I think is beyond the reach of the “average” consumer.   What used to be “if its broke buy a new one” will practically become “if its broke, fix it; or use it for something else!”

the more things change the more I don’t want to stay the same.

22 10 2011

I think for any of this to make sense you should have a slight idea of who I am.  I’m slightly older than I like to admit and I was a student at Tyler School of Art once.  I was an average student who was in school because I was told by my parents it was the right thing to do.  I took for granted everything school could have been and drifted through.  While in the middle of school my parents went through a terrible divorce and I lost my home and at the same time the two people who really took care of everything.  I had to figure out finances, work, a place to live, and school. these events drastically shaped who I am and how I deal with adversity to this day.  Now I needed a place to live and luckily knew some people who needed a third.

I moved into a house and proceeded to party all the time.  This place within a year turned into a haven for dealers and addicts alike.  Heroin became prevalent when pain killers got too expensive, so I ran and lived on other’s couches so that I didn’t have to be around the drugs and could be closer to school. But my running also included copious amounts of alcohol.  I came to a point where I couldn’t keep up mostly because I gave up.  My final year (5th) of school I finally made the necessary changes to turn everything around, but I didn’t and through a connection found out about a job.  I thought this job would be more important in solidifying a future.  I made a few attempts to go back to Temple, but there was always something that didn’t work out right whether it was class schedule or advising.  I got tired of it and decided that if I was serious about completing anything I needed to find a new educational route. Now here I am.

Where I am now is the culmination of a ten year road. Everything is so far behind me that I’m not entirely sure how I start.    It has taken me this long to really figure out what it is I have to say if anything and not often is it that I sit down and analytically think of my own life.  Looking back, any art I make is commentary on where I am/was in life.

Have you seen my keys?!

in a small attempt to organize I made a keyring holder

And the things I create almost seem involuntary.  Because I’ve had a steady place from where art came from I have always been most interested in process.  Learning new technique and applying that process successfully is always a key factor to me.  I’ve been working for the past five years and at the same time I felt like no one wanted to hear a thing I had to say: so I shut up.  I didn’t realize I did it at the time, but when I shut up I barely made any art at all and I wasn’t a happy person.  On the other hand while working I gained a fantastic knowledge and comfort-ability with many processes both machines and techniques alike.  Now I feel like I have something to say again and the ability to say it.  It took me a long time to figure myself out and learn what is important to me.  Finding whats important and being able to analytically think about what it is that I’m trying to say finally makes sense to me.  And now with a family I have the drive to see my education through and capability to create art that I can be proud of.